Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Browns Search for a Vision

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Browns Search for a Vision

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The Prime Minister may have derived some com-fort from David Milibands awkward performance at the Labour Party conference yesterday. But the PMs speech today is nevertheless a crucial test of his leadership. So he is making a series of bold offers to please the party faithful.

Thus while he will admit to some mistakes, for the most part his tone will be defiant. He will prom-ise to get rid of prescription charges for cancer drugs. He will also strike a tough note on benefit fraud and migration: in language calculated to appeal to working-class voters, he will challenge the benefits culture, arguing for people pulling their weight. Similarly, he will suggest that some migrants to the UK are seeking to get out more than they put in.

His intention is to reinforce the message that, in the teeth of a major financial crisis, this is no time for a leadership ?challenge. Simply implying that he is the safe pair of hands to lead Britain through the economic storm is not enough. …

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